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yoplait! "news4 today" starts now. >> seven hours and counting until the redskins home opener and the beginning of the kirk cousins era. we'll tell you how the new starting quarterback plans to keep cool under pressure. plus a hundred people waking up away from home after a massive apartment fire. how one resident got all the residents out in time. good morning. welcome to "news4 today" on this sunday. i'm adam tuss. >> i'm angie goff. we'll check in on the forecast in one second, but we have some breaking news coming into the newsroom right now. a major part of the g.w. parkway is shut down. all southbound lanes are shut down between dolley madison
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boulevard and key bridge. be careful as the side roads could be shut down as well. we are calling the u.s. park police to learn more. our news partner wtop now reporting that the road will be closed until at least 9:00 this morning. so a few hours at that. so this must be a pretty serious crash. >> definitely. we have a couple of events going on around the area. of course there's a triathlon. be aware. we'll stay on stop of the story for you. but let's check in with tom kierein who is here. it is chilly out this morning. >> yeah, temperatures down around 60 degrees now and we have a few scattered sprinkles lingering from yesterday's rain event. as we look at the storm team 4 radar they're showing up in green. that's tracking across northern virginia. getting sprinkles out in northern west virginia and then stay in the mountains here this morning. right now, this one line of showers that stretches from just north of fredericksburg right across stafford county, southern
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fauquier, southern prince william into fairfax, falls church, arlington, getting it, a few light sprinkles in montgomery county. that's moving right into the rest of montgomery county and into northern anne arundel over the next hour and so. kind of cool, near 60s in the nearby suburbs. farther to our west we're in the 50s, shenandoah valley out of the mountains chilly 45 now out in oakland. a look another our day ahead and the week ahead coming up in a few minutes. >> thanks, tom. well, we're waiting for httr to start trending in our area. the redskins starting at fedex field today. >> yeah, they're kicking off at fedex field as you mentioned and kirk cousins will be in charge of the plays against the miami dolphins. he won that starting job as quarterback over rg3 and news4 sports reporter carol maloney telling us what he needs to do to give them a win today. >> this isn't just any given
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sunday. it's the redskins kickoff to the cousins era. 2.0. the skins hoping for a better outcome the second time around. cousins started five games last year before being benched because of turnovers. he's not proud of his record as a starter so he's coming in with a lot to prove. but the key is to just relax. and not let the moment overwhelm him. >> yes, it's a big game and yes it's important, but i'm the kind of guy to acknowledge that. it's my job to stay relaxed and enjoy the process and enjoy the moment, have fun and put a smile on my face. >> he can't feel like the weight of the world is on his shoulders. he has to rely on people to help him out. we have total confidence in kirk. he's got to understand if it doesn't go right early that hang in there and good things will continue to happen. >> cousins will be tested in his first opening day start since -- the dolphins have two of the best defensive linemen in the
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league. kickoff at 1:00 p.m. postgame reports at 6:00 and 11:00. both of those after sunday night football. >> carol, thanks. now as carol mentioned the game starts at 1:00, and the gates open at 11:00. you can start tailgating at 9:00 this morning. and the racecourse for the event d.c. nation's triathlon. it benefits the leukemia and lymphoma society. the sprint race begins soon. independence avenue is shut down. all roads will reopen around 1:15 this afternoon. the families of two missing girls in prince george's county are hoping that you can help them get home safe. one of them could be facing a medical emergency. 15-year-old kyra patricia richardson from greenbelt suffers from seizures and doesn't have her medicine.
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police think she may be with renee bridgeforth. nearly a hundred people will wake up away from their home this morning. a fire torched an apartment complex last night. this is in prince george's county. news4's darcy spencer spoke with a woman who had to leave something precious behind. >> reporter: flames shoot from the roof of this apartment building in temple hills. the fire quickly spread and went to three alarm. >> flames everywhere. >> reporter: katherine tire thought her little dog milo had died in the fire. >> i had to go back in my room to get some pants on. i came out and i forgot the dog. they wouldn't let me go back to get him. >> reporter: but minutes later we were there when milo was brought out in his cage. he's okay. he is crediting this man with saving her and other residents, warning them to get out. >> we walked to the back of the building.
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started screaming and everyone yeling to get out of the building. we were throwing shoes at the window and we ran around to the front of the building and we knocked on 50 doors to get everybody out of the apartment. >> reporter: the fire damaged or destroyed 30 units, leaving nearly 100 adults and kids with no home. >> you feel bad for the people that lived there. because they lost a lot. >> reporter: how are people reacting, were they panicking? >> pretty much. everyone was scared. >> reporter: one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion. many are trying to figure out what their next move will be. >> plan on moving. yeah. i was moving in november. and now i have nothing to move. >> darcy spencer reporting there. well, hannah graham's family will be remembering her today. it's been one year since she was last seen alive. charlottesville police discovered her body the month after disappearing.
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her family will draw an hg for hannah graham in chalk there with members of the community. a loaded gun is off the street in adams morgan. the police spotted a man on 18th street clutching his waistband. police say when he ran away from them, he dropped a loaded semiautomatic. the man from lorton is facing several gun charges. in just a few hours, that same community will be packed for adams morgan day. the street festival is going to be a little bit different this year though. homeowners and businesses came together after the original sponsor cancelled. more music and art displays will be indoors. adams morgan day runs from noon to 6:00. a lot of people happy about that. >> absolutely. 6:07. coming up, several prison inmates dead this morning in oklahoma. new details on what may have happened there. and we are continuing to track this, new developments
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a wildfire is raging right now and four firefighters are in the hospital because of it. with second degree burns. that is the latest on a butte wildfire. it is burning its way through hundreds of acres just north of san francisco. now, this isn't the first major wildfire of the season for california but it is just a little different. it has destroyed at least 86 houses since wednesday.
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and it's moving so quickly thousands of people are evacuating, leaving their homes and their belongings behind. nbc's dan schenamen has new perspective from both residents and firefighters. >> reporter: flames leap into the air. jumping from tree to tree. burning for miles across california. >> horrible. scared. scared. >> just changes too quickly. >> reporter: the so-called butte fire has already burned more than 100 square miles in just days. >> it grew very big, very rapidly. and again, i attribute that to the dry conditions that we have throughout the state. >> reporter: for more than 3,000 firefighters it's battle to protect what they can from the air or on the ground. beating back the flames threatening more than 6,000 homes. hundreds forced to flee to safety. >> i thought i woke up on mars. he goes, it's down the street. we have to go. and the room -- the whole house just glowed red. >> reporter: this woman hopes
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her home is still standing. >> i'm scared to death. this is -- this is worse than the earthquake because this is continuing. >> reporter: to the west, four firefighters were injured saturday while battling the so-called valley fire. further south near fresno, california's largest fire has grown nor than 120,000 acres. it's been burning nearly a month and a half. and in the sequoia national forest sprinkles have been put up to protect the redwoods. scorched earth has been left behind. dan schenamen, nbc news. developing story out of oklahoma. three inmates are dead after a disturbance at a prison. officials at the correctional facility in cushing said it happened around 4:40 yesterday afternoon and lasted 40 minutes in one of the housing pods. there five others were hurt. i want to get a check of your forecast on this sunday morning because did you notice
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that fall-like feel in the air this morning? >> oh, yeah. i had another layer on, but tom kierein, it felt refreshing. >> yeah, the rain yesterday washed out the air and getting a few lingering sprinkles this morning. the storm team 4 radar showing a few moving across northern virginia right into the district and the nearby suburbs in virginia. dissipating over the next couple of hours. temperatures are right now in the 50s. low to mid 60s in the metro area. and by noontime we should be near 70. a bit of a blustery wind during the afternoon. but overall good weather for the game. it will be in the low 70s by late afternoon. then by dawn on monday, the 40s much of the region. lots of sunshine, gorgeous week coming up, a bit warmer. highs 80s each day with sunshine all the way into next weekend. highs in the 80s. that's the way it looks. >> thanks, tom.
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next up, "reporter's notebook" for you. that's a look at stories affecting our community. >> we're back with more of the top stories. good morning. i'm pat lawson muse. rejecting a change of venue, the trials for six baltimore city police officers charged in the death of freddie gray will stay in baltimore city. a judge has dismissed arguments from defense attorneys who said that the officers could not get a fair trial in the city because it would be impossible to find an unbiased jury there. joe madison, your reaction to the ruling? the judge pointed out that the publicity in this case has been worldwide. >> global. national. yeah. he's absolutely right. so where would you go to find someone who hasn't heard about this story, hasn't seen the riots, the impact that's had. so with the -- i think with the defense attorney and the prosecutor, they will probably be able to seat a jury. it's not a question when you go to the jury selections it's not
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a question of whether or not you have seen it or heard about it. it's whether or not you have formed an opinion about it. >> bremante bryant, your reaction and your reaction to the jubilance outside the courthouse when the judge's ruling was handed down? >> those in support of freddie gray say, listen, this happened in baltimore city so there should be a trial in baltimore city. i don't think the defense would be happy about this. no they wouldn't find any place they could go in the state of maryland that folks didn't hear about this, but if they're in an area maybe that folks might be a little bit more supportive in their opinion of the police, i mean, there's no way of getting around of folks saying this is what happened in baltimore after freddie gray's deathare the people you're putting on the jury are they supportive of
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police? it's too late to argue that now because the judge has made a decision, but i think that will play a factor in trying to find a jury that you feel like those jurors may not have some sense of how do you feel about the police who are on trial? >> dave mcconnell, do you think this was a necessary ruling in order to maintain the peace? >> well, it's hard to say, to give an answer. but i think clearly -- agree with you all. pretrial publicity is not an issue in this. where will will you go? garrett county? if you made an argument if it was in western maryland say, people might have a different view of policing than perhaps than in baltimore. that might be a factor. but i mean, there might be a factor inside baltimore too. it depends on the jurors, as you said so well, pat. it's a question of what the jurors think, not what they know. >> what about what the jurors may think in light of the settlement that was reached
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between baltimore city and the freddie gray family? >> what attorneys are telling me and what i have seen on the news is that the settlement won't even come up in court. it can't even be discussed in court. that this was an attempt to try and get ahead of any other problems that they might have and i'll end by saying the mayor and council has also said that if it was a protracted case, it could actually cost more, it could cost the city more than the $6.4 million. >> that may be true, but the mayor sits on the board of estimate that made that decision. and the union chief for the police department has called this decision obscene. he felt like the decision should not have been made before the trial. he could have a good argument on that, though the mayor may say it saves money and that may be true. we do know the public could look at this and say, well, wait a minute, if you're settling and giving money to the family are you saying that there is some
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guilt here and there's precedent for settlement to be after the fact, this happens in new york with eric garner in the case of a young man who was strangled after the police were not indicted. then the city settled with his family. here, the settlement comes before hand. so that does cloud the issue i believe to a certain extent. how much is to be seen. >> yeah, critics could argue the mere payment of this money shows bias. and it's interesting when you mentioned eric garner in new york city, going back to our previous topic there was criticism because the prosecution that's where a lot of police live in new york city, they have a strong pro police feeling and that's what charges weren't brought against
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when it comes to innocent or guilt. >> did a d.c. police commander break the law? the police officer's internal affairs and general counsel are trying to answer that question. mark segraves broke the city on twitter about commanders and debt parker who argued those to gather signatures while on patrol for the mayor's pledge to end homelessness. officials with the police union say it's an inappropriate use of resources and might violate the law which says that government workers can't take part in political activities. a spokesperson for mayor bowser said that the mayor never intended for government workers to gather signatures. with all that's going on in the
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city and with the police department, i sort of -- do you find it kind of difficult to believe that anyone would ask police to do that? >> not difficult that it would be asked. not very smart to ask them to do that. especially in this environment. more importantly, i don't think it's needed in terms of who you're asking to do this. you know, the mayor has made this a blueprint of her administration. there has to be someone in smaller departments or volunteers that you get out there to say, gather these signatures for me. i think the idea of what she's doing is not a bad idea. it's not as if this hasn't been done before. i think they have done it in michigan to pledge let's say we'll combat crime. i know in my parent's hometown in louisiana they do it, saying sign a pledge, there will be no litter and put your name and information there. the other side of this, what she's asking for on the form.
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what's the mayor going to do with all this information when she runs for re-election, does she have a cadre of folks in support of her to raise money, to find out who's supporting her? that's the cynic side of me. >> why do this anyway, as you bring up, are you getting into the area that might be a little -- a little towards the edge. the other thing is it isn't so much whether they're asking people to do it or not. is there an atmosphere there or a culture where somebody wants to do it, thinking they'd better do on their own before mthe mayr puts pressure on them. >> why not have homeless people collect the signatures? what are we talking about here? i mean the reality is that -- here we are sitting in a city where everybody is concerned about the increase in murder rates and increase in crime and you have got police officers collecting signatures? they ought to be policing. not collecting signatures, but
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first of all, you don't always have to have the mayor make a directive to do this. some people think they're doing the mayor a favor. and i think that's what this was. >> all right. we've got to take a break. we've got to take a break. we'll be right ♪ know you can keep your financial big picture under control. we've got to take a break. we'll be right know you can see how much you have to spend and whether you should transfer funds. know you can easily keep track of what you're putting away. and know you're budgeted for the great escape. thanks to virtual wallet by pnc.
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♪ no more finals in montgomery county high schools. the school board has voted to scrap final exams beginning next fall. instead, students will get shorter assessments during each marking period. it will give teachers and students more time for instruction. dave, i'm betting seniors will love this. so instead of cramming for final, the final grade will be based on other things. more comprehensive. >> that's good and there are some people and i think i used this myself, maybe they're slow in the beginning and they're going to ace the final exam and they get a good grade.
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you know, you can't do that anymore. they're going to take a look at your whole resume. although most people that i talked to think it's better. you should judge a student on what they're doing 24/7 every day every month and not what they might do at the last minute. it's probably a better idea for all concerned. >> there's mixed reaction to this. >> old school says a test is a test. this is how we know what you know, but the trend going the other way. we are seeing this in loudoun county public school that are backing off the testing. we see it in the s.a.t. requirements. we talked about this a couple of months back. george washington university saying we're not going to require students to take the s.a.t. test. i think what's going to happen for teachers a consequence of this, there may be more of an assessment of teaching now. you can't use the test to gauge as much as to how kids are doing. i think a positive side of this, you have kids, you know, poor children, kids who are learning english who don't take testing
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really well, i think this will help them in the long run also. it's a reaction to the math scores in montgomery county. about 50 to 60% of them are failing math tests and i think they're trying to get a handle on that. i think that's the underbelly of this story also. >> i think that one of the problems you have with final exams is how much the student retains. and that's not always an insight into how smart the student might be. the reality is that teachers will be testing, they'll do it throughout the course of the semester. then you accumulate it and average it up. i'm hearing this all over the country, not just in montgomery county, a lot of teachers want to get back to critical thinking. they don't want to get down to
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this a, b, c rote kind of learning. i think this is a good thing. >> tragic accident. that's the ruling in the death of natasha mckenna, the fairfax woman who died after being tased in police custody. the commonwealth attorney said there's no probable cause that anyone committed a crime. she suffered from severe mental illness and died after she was shackled and then tased. what have we learned from this case and what's likely to change here? >> i think what we're learning here is that it's hard to indict someone in fairfax county. >> hard to indict a police officer. >> a police officer, we know that. it's hard to imagine what came out here and the statements that were made. this young woman was handcuffed at the ankle, handcuffed at the wrists and we know she was schizophrenic. to tase someone who is already sort of shackled in that way and to say, well, there's really no blame here, i think more questions still are involved in this case in the answers that we
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have received. >> but they blamed her, and that's what i don't like about this. like you just described, she's shackled. then to hear the prosecutor say she had superhuman strength. it's that kind of language that really bothers people. >> dave, does it point -- doesn't it point to the need for some changes in the way mental health issues are addressed in the situations -- >> absolutely. procedures and also training and i know they have gotten -- since they have gotten training. but clearly this is an area that they were not ready to deal with. they really have to do that now. you're right, there's an awful lot of questions about how in this situation this kind -- this kind of result could take place. i'm not sure but there might not there be civil penalties. this is a criminal issue as i understand it. there may be civil issues to bring the suit. that will open up more evidence and will explore this further and resolve some things better.
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>> some 60,000 people have signed their name to change the name of reagan national back to washington. >> you named it after a president, and only thing i can say i think my wife signed a petition. but you know, it won't happen. but 60, 75,000 signatures, that's a lot. >> what's behind it? >> what conservatives were pushing back against president obama when he said he would change the name of the mountain in alaska back to denali which the locals call it denali. >> republicans even call it denali. >> that's what it was named first. >> well, progressives said let's name it back to washington national airport. >> republicans were on a big spree earlier on and they pushed through several issues, changing
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subway stops, naming the airport, name it ronald reagan. they ran the congress and so the democrats couldn't do anything about it and it doesn't look like the democrats can change it back. >> bill clinton changed this into law. >> he couldn't veto it. >> no, but he signed it. >> thanks, gentlemen. that's "reporter's notebook." i'm pat lawson muse. stay with us. "news4 today" continues. enjoy your sunday. "news4 today" starts now. >> all right. contain your enthusiasm. we're almost there. less than seven hours until the 'skins kick off the 2015 season. going to show you how the team's new qb is getting ready. food, fun and pot? the new addition we should say to this year's d.c. state fair and the unique way people are showing it all off. it is 6:30 on the dot. good morning, everybody.
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welcome to "news4 today." i'm angie goff. >> i'm adam tuss. i hope you're having a great sunday so far. we'll check the forecast in a moment, but first, breaking news coming into the newsroom. we're calling u.s. park police to find out more about a serious crash on the g.w. parkway right now. look at your screen here. the southbound lanes totally shut down between dolley madison boulevard and the key bridge. police said that's a crash near scott run. our news partner wtop said the road will be closed until at least 9:00 this morning. that's a story we'll stay on top of for you, as the road potentially opens up around that time. be advised. that's a tough go. >> you'll want to get our nbc washington app because we'll put up the information there as well. after the rain, we're looking at cool breezes hanging around, tom kierein. >> that's right. the big area of high pressure is bringing in chillier weather by late tonight. starting off with a cloud cover, we are getting a few scattered
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sprinkles, sort of lingering from yesterday's rain. they are passing through the metro area, but they're breaking up now from fredericksburg and alexandria and arlington and falls church. they're stretching into southern montgomery county and sort of along the 95 corridor. temperatures are right now rather cool, north and west. upper 50s, mid 50s, panhandle of west virginia. right now, mid 60s in washington. low to m 60s around the chesapeake bay. few breaks in the clouds now. breezes will start picking up around 8:00 a.m. it will be with us through the rest of the day as we climb into the low and mid 70s by mid afternoon. a look at the pattern, dry, that's for much of the week ahead. that's coming up in a few minutes. >> thanks, tom. well, make sure you're watching us in the parking lot. time to put your game face on. the redskins take on the miami dolphins in a few hours, but
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they'll kick off at the season at 1:00 this afternoon. the kirk cousins era is beginning. that's the quarterback's first opening day start since he was in college. he could face a challenge against one of the top defenses in the nfl today. he even said that all the pressure he's facing, he's still prepared. >> you know, everybody has a limit. you have to play well. but i do feel believed in. i haven't questioned that. i never questioned that. and, you know, i feel like i have all the pieces around me to be able to be successful. >> now, the 'skins last played the dolphins four years ago in florida. today's game is at fedex field and the gates open at 11:00. we have more information about a chase through the metro station. a man touched a woman inappropriately and that suspect ran off as police got there. he went into the station, jumped on to the tracks and then ran into the tunnel toward glenmont. metro cut power to the third rail and searched for the man for three hours. but they did not find him.
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prince william police have not arrested anyone yet in the shooting that killed a young man and hurt two others. we first told you about this as breaking news and now we know there was a fight between the men early saturday morning near old linton hall road and charis avenue. they all knew each other. 23-year-old claude jackson iii is the man who died. he was from gainesville, virginia. well, new this morning, a new report about problems in metro's newest rail cars. our news partner wtop reporting that the 7000 series cars are having software issues and that's slowing down production. the agency is receiving eight to 12 new cars a month instead of 16. the company that makes the cars is fixing issues with the doors and the propulsion system. metro is receiving 750 new rail cars. production should be back to normal by this december. news4 is committed to
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raising mental health awareness with our campaign, changing minds. in morning northern virginia reporter david culver will emcee the walk. that starts at the fairfax corner shopping center. it aims to end the stigma around mental disorders. well, someone has a unique prize at home this morning. the best cannabis plant. awarded at the d.c. state fair. news4's derrick ward talked to the people in charge of the contest and checked out everything the fair had to offer this year. ♪ >> reporter: there are all the things that you'd expect at a state fair. competitions to judge big vegetables. >> we're judging the longest vegetable, the heaviest vegetable and the funkiest vegetable. >> reporter: livestock, and some things you might not expect.
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>> you have cannabis, a new type called cannabis. >> reporter: yeah, it's being judged. this comes as the city has relaxed the marijuana laws. the residents are allowed to grow up to six plants within their primary residence. but the law may be relaxed but it's not sleeping. the judging here has to be adjusted accordingly. >> this is unique, and the product will not be consumed at all. >> reporter: these plants get judged on appearance, odor, whether the stem is sticky or not. and the man who wrote the law -- >> we are creating a vibe, yes, we have an identify, yes we grow things in the city. >> reporter: this is about growing a sense of community. >> d.c. is a diverse and amazing community with lots of entrepreneurs and people who are engaged in their home and their garden. this is a great fair for that. >> reporter: derrick ward, news4. >> to learn more about exactly how d.c.'s pot law works, check out the nbc washington app there.
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well, it appears to be the year of the anti-establishment candidate and while donald trump's surge may be surprising, bernie sanders is shocking more people. we'll talk with chuck todd about why this is happening and what it means for hillary clinton. and the most pictures -- well, check out this picture of the ♪
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introducing the one-and-only volkswagen golf sportwagen. the sportier utility vehicle. you're watching "news4 today." >> well, if we're learning anything about the pack of presidential contenders right now, there's not a sure thing in the race. the latest surprise comes from new numbers showing that bernie sanders is actually pulling ahead of hillary clint in some of the polls. >> that's right. and joining us now to talk more about it is moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. >> chuck brought some -- >> by the way, we're always working.
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look, i think that's the clinton campaign, trying to dismantle the bernie sanders momentum there. >> this isn't good news for hillary clinton, especially in iowa. >> it is stunning. there are multiple -- right now, bernie sanders is the only one who has polls showing him ahead in iowa and hillary clinton there's not a single poll that's had her ahead in new hampshire. look, we have said that for sanders, iowa and new hampshire are sort of perfect places for him to rise up. and he's taking advantage of it. and this is progressives i think sort of falling in love with sanders. i don't know right now how hillary clinton pulls them away. i think for the moment she's just got to be satisfied that they'll be with her assuming she's the nominee. >> what do you make of the vice president's remarks this week he's not prepared emotionally to take on the role? maybe he's striking a nerve that he's being truthful about kind of how he feels. >> i'm taking him at his word.
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he doesn't sound like he's ready to run for president. i think it is -- you have to remember, it's not just having the stomach to run. it's being willing to jump in and do whatever it takes to beat hillary clinton and i think that's going to be -- i assume that's a hurdle that's too high for him. bute'll see. i think to put together a legitimate campaign, he's probably got to get in the next week or two. but clearly he's not ready and that's understandable. >> we want to talk about the debate because that's coming up. everyone is getting hyped up about that. what's going to be the story line here because we heard a little bit more about christie this past week. he was in the headlines again. but we're also hearing about trump, obviously and carly. >> i feel like the candidates are all getting desperate already. you know, it's no longer enough -- it's not early anymore. i think this is a very
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rambunctious debate. i think you have half of the candidates on stage who feel like if they don't make a mark now they'll run out of time. that's a good six weeks between this debate and the next one. so i think that shapes the feel of desperation. i think rand paul, marco rubio, scott walker, they are three guys who thought they would be at the top of the heap right now. when you have december pratispee air it will be lively. we have chris christie on the air and we have government shutdown and some people think if john boehner mishandles it he can get kicked out. we'll have defenders of john boehner. >> well, if you're not busy between now and the show -- >> i'll go back to the garage. >> i think, tom, what are you doing, you know? >> it's not thunder, okay? >> tweaking the weather. >> thanks, chuck. >> you got it. >> see ya. a reminder, you can watch "meet the press" every sunday
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here on nbc4. a new york city police officer has the option to hang out with the vice president. he was invited for a visit to washington after he crashed his motorcycle during the motorcade on friday. biden called the officer yesterday to wish him well and invite him to the visit here in d.c. it happened as biden was leaving manhattan after marking the anniversary of 9/1 1. well, more army parents are getting stuck in red tape trying to use a federal day care program. no one is returning their calls and they're getting late payments from the government. weeks ago, the i-team revealed problems. scott macfarlane reports an internal review finds the problems are only getting worse. >> reporter: the army fee assistance program is for those parents who can't find day care on the military post. instead, they find private pricier day care in the
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community and the federal government cuts them a reimbursement check. thing is the check is months late. we showed several u.s. army moms like carmen dekes were going broke, waiting and waiting for the general services administration building to send her the money she has been promised. >> she's three months behind and we have to catch up the day care three months and that puts us out a big chunk of money. >> reporter: dekes is one of those who filed formal complaints saying not only are the checks late, but they can't their phone calls or e-mails returned. the backlog of unreturned calls had reached 11,000. nationwide, and auditors warned that there weren't enough staffers to keep up. and the backlog has grown far worse. now 26,000, unreturned requests for help from army families and it found so many unreturned
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calls were piling up the agency deleted 4,000 unreturned voice mails from parents. the audits say it happened but because of an underfunded i.t. and the internal audit said one family reported filing for bankruptcy because of late payments. the gsa said it's making improvements and adding staff and the house oversight committee has ordered the two moms who spoke with the i-team to appear at a hearing at thursday as it investigates this troubled program. scott macfarlane, i-team. >> you can watch the original report and send them a tip at nbc washington.com. we're learning that subway had complaints about former spokesperson jared fogle dating back to 2011. subway received one serious complaint but didn't do anything about it.
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it didn't mention criminal or sexual behavior. the woman who filed the complaint took her concerns to the fbi. she secretly reported conversations with fogle and he pleaded guilty to sex with a minor and child pornography charges last month. he could serve up to 12 years behind bars. take a moment to look up at your screens at this. like storm team 4 forecasted a lot of us saw rain yesterday, but we can bet most of us didn't see this. thank you to skip yates who sent us the great video of the waterspout at a marina. this is in charles county. it did knock over some tables and chairs but didn't do much more damage than that. it didn't hurt anybody. so that's important. because tom, these things can be dangerous because of the high winds, right? >> right, if you're in a small
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boat especially. but most of the winds around a waterspout are 35 miles per hour and it's easy to capsize a small boat. >> and it's hard to predict a waterspout. >> they're no wider than this desk. they're not really that big of a deal, but this morning no more waterspouts. just a few scattered sprinkles are lingering from yesterday's soaking. we are looking at the storm team 4 radar, we have the moving patches of green on your radar. light sprinkles out in west virginia as well as in the metro area. those are beginning to break up across northern virginia, the district and maryland. as they track off to the north and the east, they may have some light sheen of moisture on 95, the beltway north of washington. as well as along 395 up to the beltway and then 95 beltway down to quantico, woodbridge and fredericksburg. may be damp this morning. the temperatures are in the 50s now. panhandle of west virginia, much of the shenandoah valley, out of the mountains, sort of an autumn chill moving in. look at oakland down to 45 right
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now. closer to the metro area, we're in the low 60s. mid 60s downtown. right around the bay, low and mid 60s this morning. a lot of clouds around. i took this picture on friday. look at this parched field. under the gorgeous blue sky. so this greened up from yesterday's rain. if you're head out this morning, that's the marathon in washington and planning your own run, it will be cloudy. by 9:00 it will jump into the mid to upper 60s and by 11:00 near 70. then by mid afternoon should be in the mid 70s and partly sunny. only a small chance of an isolated sprinkle this afternoon. but the winds will be a bit blustery too. at fedex field for the game against the dolphins, temperatures near 70. should be good weather although there might be an isolated sprinkle come through briefly during the game. partly sunny.
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winds gusting to around 20 or 25 miles per hour. low to mid 70s throughout much of the game. great football weather. hopefully, great football. then overnight tonight down into the 40s. look at lows by this time tomorrow morning. low to mid 40s out of the mountains. mid to upper 40s, shenandoah valley. nearby suburbs north and west of washington. in the upper 40s. south of the district across northern virginia and the upper 40s as well. right around the beltway and nearby suburbs should be in the low to mid 50s. mid 50s around the bay with a clear sky. then bright sunshine, a gorgeous day tomorrow, upper 70s. low humidity. then warmer but still comfortable humidity as we get into tuesday and wednesday. highs into the mid 80s and lots of sunshine. we'll keep it going by popular acclaim through the rest of the week, into the weekend. highs in the 80s each day with comfortable humidity and lots of sunshine. that's the way it looks. >> all right, thank you, tom.
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the evangelical assembly church is giving help to those who need it the most this weekend. the church gave out free groceries to families yesterday as part of their convoy of hope. and there was free health and dental screenings. it's been helping the community for two decades now. a really great effort benefits a lot of people. >> great. well, we do want to thank everyone who came out and took advantage of news4's all state shred event yesterday. >> nearly 3,000 came out to the community college yesterday. you dropped off hundreds of boxes of personal documents. those documents got shredded and they'll be recycled into other paper products. >> the importance in prince george's county is to provide a service to the community, number one. and to preserve the environment by shredding sensitive documents and to properly dispose of them to protect and preserve the environment. >> if you couldn't make it out yesterday, the next shred it event is in december.
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for more tips go to nbc washington.com and search under shred it. >> a lot of people showed up even though it was raining. >> it's a pain to rip up all the boxes. what boxer floyd mayweather has done, we'll tell you if he's still planning to hang up the still planning to hang up the gloves next.
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welcome back. floyd mayweather says he's really retiring. really. after taking home his 49th win last night. that makes him 49-0. undefeated in his career. he won a unanimous decision to defeat humberto. he says he's ending his career. what a career it's been. i mean -- >> he's solid. >> you can say what you want to say about him. other parts of his life, but when he's in that ring -- >> yes.
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49-0. can't argue with that. well, it's nfl kickoff this weekend and that means sunday night football tonight on nbc. >> are you ready? >> definitely. i was ready after the end of last season. >> well, you have a few hours to get ready between the time when the redskins' game ends and the other big games. ♪ >> it's a three-peat for carrie underwood. her third year singing the sunday night football anthem. >> this year, i mean, i feel a lot more comfortable. i have met some of the players before so i kind of have a little rapport going. >> reporter: cowboys star wide receiver dez bryant is among the recruits for the anthem music video. >> i'm proud to be part of something that is super cool and something to do with the nfl. >> reporter: to his giants counterpart, odell beckham, jr. >> when you see everything you did and everybody else did to get to the final production stage it's great to see. >> reporter: what fans see on the field sunday night with cowboys and giants should be
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even more compelling. >> you've got an argument that the two best receiver, dez bryant and odell beckham jr. will be going head to head. >> beckham scorched the cowboys last season on sunday night. >> the last time we saw odell beckham, he made one of the greatest catches ever in my life. >> reporter: but dallas is a he have favorite this time around. >> here's the thing about the nfl. we love it, because you think you know but you don't know. >> reporter: that's what keeps the fans waiting all day for sunday night. >> carrie underwood is good too. >> yeah. much more ahead on "news4 today." today." >> that includes an hour by hour
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"news4 today" starts now. >> the cousins era begins six hours from now. how the redskins now starting quarterback is getting ready for the home opener at fedex field. but first, breaking news to tell you about. a serious crash closing a major portion of the g.w. parkway right now. southbound lane closed from 123 to the key bridge and northbound closed at spout run. the road will be closed until at least 9:00 this morning so be aware of that as you head out the door early this morning. good morning. i'm adam tuss.
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>> i'm angie goff. well, welcome to "news4 today." one thing that you will notice as you step outside it is definitely cooler. >> yeah. i think you might need a jacket. >> or light sweater at that. let's check in with storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. >> maybe an umbrella. good morning. starting off as we look at the storm team 4 radar, the scattered sprinkles that have been moving into the metro area out of the south and west are along the 95 corridor from fredericksburg right into washington, up toward baltimore. but they're really breaking up. farther to our west getting a few scattered sprinkles out of the mountains, these may rotate into parts of virginia and maryland by later this afternoon. a small chance of that. all of this tracking through this morning just expect maybe a brief sprinkle. temperatures rather chilly now. 50, shenandoah valley. dipped down into the 40s in western maryland and west virginia. mid 60s right in town as well as around the bay.
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mostly cloudy, a few breaks in the clouds. temperatures by 8:00, mid 60s, by noon, near 70. a bit of a blustery wind by mid afternoon. overall, a pretty nice day coming up. a look at a dry pattern for next week. that's in a few minutes. >> thank you, tom. well, in hours or maybe even right now, time to start tailgating. >> woo-hoo. feels so good too. >> absolutely. the skins are kicking it off against the miami dolphins today. >> that's right. kirk cousins will be in charge of the plays at fedex field. he won the starting job as quarterback over rg3. carol maloney is telling us how the redskins are getting ready. >> this isn't just any given sunday. it's the redskins kickoff to the kirk cousins 2.0. cousins started five games last year until being benched because of turnovers. he's not proud of his 2-7 record
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as a starter throwing interceptions in four of the games. so he's coming in with a lot to prove but the key is to just relax. and not let the moment overwhelm him. >> yeah, it's a big game, yes it's important. but i'm the kind of guy who's going to acknowledge that. it's my job to almost stay relaxed and enjoy the process and enjoy the moment and have fun and put a smile on he face. >> he can't feel like the weight of the world is on his shoulders. he has to rely on people to help him out and we have total confidence in kirk. he's just got to understand if it doesn't go right early that hang in there and good things will continue to happen. >> cousins will be tested in the first opening day start since college. the dolphins have two of the best defensive linemen in the league. kickoff at 1:00 p.m. postgame reports at 6:00 and 11:00 and redskins final, both after sunday night football. >> thanks. again, as she mentioned the game is at 1:00 this afternoon. you can still buy tickets at
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stub hub.com. and gates open up at 11:00. parking lots open up at 9:00. but i bet people are tailgating before that. happening today, d.c. becoming a course for the events d.c. nations triathlon. it benefits the leukemia and lymphoma society. the regular race started about an hour ago. several streets are shut down, all roads will reopen around 1:15 this afternoon. the family of two missing girls are hoping you can help get them home safe. one can be facing a medical emergency. keira patrice richardson suffers from seizures and she doesn't have her medicine with her. she may be with renee bridgeforth. nearly a hundred people will wake up away from home. a fire torched an apartment complex from prince george's county. news4's darcy spencer spoke with a woman who had to leave
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something very precious behind. >> reporter: flames shoot from the roof of this apartment building in temple hills. the fire quickly spread and went to three alarm. >> flames everywhere. >> reporter: katherine tire lived in the building and thought her little dog milo had died in the fire. >> i had to go back in my room to get some pants on. i came out and i forgot the dog. they wouldn't let me go back to get him. >> reporter: but minutes later we were there when milo was brought out in his cage. he's okay. she is crediting this man with saving her and other residents, warning them to get out. >> we walked to the back of the building. started screaming and everyone yelling to get out of the building. we were throwing shoes at the window and we ran around to the front of the building and we knocked on 50 doors to get everybody out of the apartment. >> reporter: the fire damaged or destroyed 30 units, leaving nearly 100 adults and kids with no home. >> you feel bad for the people that lived there. because they obviously lost a lot.
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>> reporter: how are people reacting, were they panicking? >> pretty much. everyone was scared. >> reporter: one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion. but no one in the building was hurt. many are trying to figure out what their next move will be. >> plan on moving. yeah. i was moving in november. and now i have nothing to move. >> tough night. darcy spencer reporting there. a loaded gun is off the streets in adams morgan. the police night light unit saw a man clutching his waist band. he dropped a loaded semiautomatic. they said the man from lorton is facing several gun charges. in a few hours that same community will be packed for adams morgan day. the street festival is different this year. homeowners and businesses came together after the original sponsor cancelled. more music and art displays will be indoors and 18th street
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staying open to traffic. adams morgan day runs from noon to 6:00 today. well, nobody likes them, but we all have to deal with them. >> we are talking about those car repairs. this morning, erika gonzalez tells us why those repairs may be particularly painful.
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you're watching "news4 today." >> we are talking car repairs. no one likes to deal with them or pay for them because in some cases they can bust your budget. >> that's true. especially in d.c. where drivers pay the most for parts and labor. consumer reporter erika gonzalez has more on the recent results. >> reporter: driving in d.c. it can be stressful and your car can take a beating. >> so much wear and tear. >> reporter: especially if you put off regular maintenance. >> my car is beeping me right now that it's time to take it in
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for maintenance. >> i take it when it's falling apart. >> reporter: that can drive up the cost of repairs and so can driving day after day in the district. that's according to car md and it calculated the costs state by state. drivers in d.c. paid the most for total car repair costs. an average of $467, 1% more than the year before and $77 more than the national average. john conner owns bp gas and service station in northwest d.c. >> inclement weather, spinning the tires. brakes are another thing. more frequently than if you drove on the highway every day. it takes a toll on your car. so the wear and tear is by far greater here.
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>> reporter: and connor says d.c. drivers who commute a short distance could end up with an added expense. >> people drive six miles in d.c., and six miles is killing your car every day. so you have more cases of tune-ups, more often than needed. because the cars do not reach operating temperatures for the amount of time that you need to have them, you know, in the normal driving conditions. >> reporter: and of course, there's the cost of real estate for repair shops. >> it is very expensive to do business here. >> yeah, to see how maryland and virginia rank, go to our nbc washington app and go to car repairs. keeping up with car maintenance is one way to keep the costs down. you can track your service history on up to five cars and get a reminder alert when it's time to service your car. >> no good way around it. on top of all the costs, then you have the inconvenience. just a stressful situation. >> usually unexpected. we are tracking new
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developments from california. wildfires spreading faster than firefighters can keep up. this morning we are learning more about why that's happening. and let's look out the window. the rain has moved out of here.
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♪ a wildfire is raging right now and four firefighters are in the hospital because of it with second degree burns that's the latest on the butte wildfire. it is burning its way through hundreds of acres just north of san francisco.
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and this isn't the first major wildfire of the season for california. but it is a little different. it is moving so quickly thousands of people are evacuating, leaving their homes and belongings behind. firefighters across the country working to contain the flames and put them out before they reach the homes. at this point, at least 86 homes have been destroyed. more than 6,000 more houses are in the wildfire's path. yesterday alone the fire consumed 40 square miles, it forced firefighters to evacuate the homes. three inmates are dead after a disturbance at a prison. the incident happened around 4:40 yesterday afternoon, lasted about 40 minutes in one of the housing pods there. officials aren't saying what caused the disturbance or how the inmates died. five other inmates were hurt.
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they house medium security inmates. a mother is facing a felony charge. police say they found the children alone in a crate. they were living in this underground cave which you can see was in squalor and complete disrepair. yikes. police said the children were barefoot and covered in dirt and grime. the kids are 4 and 6 years old. well, germany is welcoming some 40,000 migrants this weekend and there are rallies for other countries to open up their borders. tens of thousands of refugees are leaving places in places war torn. germany needs other european stations to step up. rallies in madrid and athens urged leaders to step in. hungary is one of the few countries showing hostility. lightning got in the why for fans trying -- way for fans trying to watch yesterday's und game. fans had to leave the byrd
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stadium and once they returned it was a tough night for the terps. they lost to bowling green 38-27. not such a good day, but you know what, today is a new day. >> that's right. >> things feel good outside. the rain is behind us, the loss is behind us. onward. >> we have more football to look forward to today. >> absolutely. >> you know, a lot of people are headed to fedex today. >> tailgating this morning. you might encounter a bit of a sprinkle. but football weather is greeting us this morning. a little bit of a cool start as our temperatures right now are just near 60 degrees. in much of the region. here's a look at the storm team 4 radar. it is showing the sprinkles, they are moving off to the north and east. a few areas in green, that's some very light rain that's falling out in west virginia. that's an upper level disturbance that's going to be sort of drifting over our region later this afternoon. so we have a small chance of an additional sprinkle this afternoon. but right now, scattered
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sprinkles in fairfax, prince george's will be quickly moving off to the north and east and then sunshine should break out later on this morning. right now, very cool, only in the mid 50s. shenandoah valley. even dipped into the mid 40s out in western maryland. nearby suburbs low 60s. mid 60s in washington. low to mid 60s around the bay. post your pictures i took this on friday morning of a parched lawn in northern montgomery county under the blue sky. some of the rain yesterday was beneficial. it did help out the area lawns. look at this apple laden tree. this tree is almost reaching the ground with all the apples coming out now. i love the autumn apples. this photo taken near martinsburg. share on instagram, and i love seeing your photos. a great morning for a morning run. there's the marathon going on in washington. a lot of clouds through 9:00 and a bit of a breed in the air. in the low to mid 70s by mid afternoon.
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with a partly sunny sky. fedex field for the game today, should be great football weather. only a slight chance of a sprinkle. otherwise, partly sunny. near 70 by noontime. kickoff, 1:00, it will be in the low 70s. during the early part of the game. toward the middle of the game, it should be in the low to mid 70s. partly sunny. again, a slight chance of a brief sprinkle during the game this afternoon. then the cooler temperatures by dawn. much of the region in the 40s on monday. low to mid 50s starting off tomorrow morning. back to work and school on monday with temperatures in the upper 70s in the afternoon. lots of sunshine. this gorgeous pattern continues tuesday and wednesday. not too humid. cool mornings, lots of sunshine and this continues toward the end of the weekend into next weekend. we'll have sunshine on thursday,
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friday and into the mid to upper 80s as well as on saturday. far extended range, might get sprinkles saturday night into next sunday. so enjoy this dry pattern. >> not bad, tom. thanks. well, she's only 5'2" but she's climbing some of the tallest mountains in the world. >> yeah, wendy rieger wil
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you're watching "news4 today." >> well, a 22-year-old from our area just completed an amazing climb. >> sasha dejulian took on the iger in switzerland. look at how steep the cliff face is. she conquered it too. nbc's wendy rieger asked her how it felt to be on top of the world. >> reporter: the eiger means ogre in swiss. it can be mean and ugly especially to those who try to climb up the side. many have felt the lethal breath as they have been blown off or frozen to death in their quest. >> that sun set is unreal. >> reporter: this is the first woman to climb the north face last month. it's a complicated passage. known as murder wall. because of its forbidding nature. >> this entire encompassing of me stepping out of my comfort zone of what i knew and trying
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something that i didn't know. i didn't know if i could do it. >> reporter: in free climbing one uses a rope and gear only to catch a fall. which means your ascent is determined by your strength and the mountain. >> let's finish this. >> reporter: she is lucky. her passion seized her quite early. she grew up in the washington area, attending the school in mclean. she ventured into competitive climbing when she was 8 and she never looked back or down. >> i never questioned what i want, because i'm so happy with what i am that i'm most passionate about. >> reporter: her ascent of the iger took a month and it included her climbing partner. they spent nights making camp in the crevices. >> we are about to dig our bed. >> reporter: they had a few setbacks from weather. >> today was a giant smack down.
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>> reporter: the greatest danger is storms. that can ambush a climber. the other danger comes from within. fear. >> this climb was probably the peak of my fear. i was scared just about every day. it was focusing on not thinking about falling really and focusing on what i could control. >> reporter: while physical strength and agility gets you on the mountain, dejulian says your mind gets you to the top. >> your mind is overruling your body's exhaustion. you can convince yourself you can keep going. >> reporter: on august 29 they reached the summit. just breathtaking. rock climbing is clearly for the rare free range human but the tenacity to reach our individual heights applies even to us mortals down below.
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wendy rieger, news4 washington. >> how cool is that? she has her sights set on el cap in yosemite next. good luck to her and don't look down. >> you know what, i think she's only looking up. she'll get there. you can tell. >> very cool. it's a big day around here. the redskins take it to the gridiron for the first time this year. coming up, we'll show you how quarterback kirk cousins is avoiding distractions. plus the unique plant circulating around the d.c. state fair this year. and a live look where we're at and a live look where we're at the beginning of a long
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i'm angie goff. >> i'm adam tuss. we'll check in with tom kierein in a minute, but first, i want to let you know about some breaking news into the newsroom. we are calling u.s. park police to find out more about a serious crash on the g.w. parkway. take a look at your screen here. southbound lanes totally shut down between 123 and the key bridge. that's a crash near spout run. wtop is reporting that the road will be closed until at least 9:00 this morning. that's something we'll definitely stay on top of for you. 7:30 on the dot. the rain we saw son saturday, we needed it, tom, but now things are cooling down, drying out for the most part, right? >> yeah. we have had a few lingering sprinkles early this morning. right now the storm team 4 radar is showing a few of the sprinkles across northern virginia and moving off to north and east. getting other showers out in
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west virginia. part of an upper level disturbance that may be drifting over the metro area. just a few scattered sprinkles, fairfax and prince william and montgomery county and prince george's county. all of this moving off quickly to the north and east. temperatures are rather cool this morning. low to mid 60s. mid 60s around the bay. farther north and west, shenandoah valley, a few spots have dipped into the 40s. a few breaks in the clouds. and we'll be breezy starting around 8:00 this morning into the afternoon. small chance of a few sprinkles during the afternoon. as we reach the low to mid 70s. a look at a dry pattern continuing as we get into the rest of the week ahead, that's coming up in a few minutes. the kirk cousin era is now hours away. we're about five hours and 29 minute froms the -- minutes from the season opener. yeah, kirk cousins is the starting quarterback after he won the job over rg3. he's going to face one of the toughest defenses in the nfl. when he takes on the dolphins today. cousins said he knows that it's
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a lot of pressure for him, but he's steering clear of the distractions. >> i don't feel a distraction in the building, you know? the distraction is if i turn on the tv, answer my phone, get on twitter. there is a always going to be something going on that's going to be there and it's so important to just look forward and not look right or left. >> well, the game will be cousins' first opening day start since he was in college. kickoff is at 1:00. gates open up at 11:00 a.m. new this morning, a new report about problems in metro's newest rail cars. our news partner wtop reporting that the 7000 series cars are having software issues and that's slowing down production. metro's deputy gm says the agency is receiving eight to 12 new cars a month instead of 16. and according to the report, the company that makes the cars is fixing issues with the doors and the propulsion system. metro is receiving a total of 750 new rail cars and production should be back to normal by this
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december. a special event is happening in charlottesville today to remember uva student hannah graham. she disappeared on september 13th, exactly one year ago. the police discovered her body the next month. her family will hold a memorial for her on the downtown mall in charlottesville. they'll draw an h.g. for hannah graham in chalk there with members of the community. well, we have new information about a sexual assault that caused a chase through the wheaton metro station. police say around 10:00 friday night a man touched a woman inappropriately. the suspect ran off as police got there. he went into the station, jumped on to the tracks and ran into the tunnel toward glenmont. metro cut power to the third rail and searched for the man for three hours but didn't find him. prince william police have not arrested anyone yet in the shooting of a young man. we told you as breaking news yesterday morning. now we know there was a fight
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between the men early saturday morning near old linton hall road and charis avenue. all of the men knew each other. they say 23-year-old clyde jackson iii is the man who died. he was from gainesville. now, a decision 2016 update and you may recognize one of the men who's joined the race. former prince george's county state's attorney glenn ivy is running for congress in maryland. news4 was there as he kicked off the campaign yesterday. he says he plans to focus on education and the economy. >> with we've got a lot of work to do but when we come together we can make impossible things happen. we need to go to work with one thing in mind. there's nothing wrong with america that can't be fixed by what's right with america. >> at least six other people are vying for maryland's fourth congressional district seat including lieutenant governor anthony brown. well, a unique reward might be sitting on someone's mantel
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piece this morning. this year organizers handed out the best cannabis award at the d.c. state fair. news4's derrick ward checked out the fair and everything it had to offer this year. ♪ >> reporter: there are all the things that you'd expect at a state fair. competitions to judge big vegetables. >> we're judging the longest vegetable, the heaviest vegetable and the funkiest vegetable. >> reporter: livestock, and some things you might not expect. >> you have cannabis, a new type called cannabis. >> reporter: yeah, it's being judged. >> the competition was fear. >> reporter: this year's state fair comes as the city has relaxed the marijuana laws. the residents are allowed to grow up to six plants within their primary residence. but the law may be relaxed but it's not sleeping. the judging here has to be adjusted accordingly. >> this is unique and it's first contest where it's not consumed at all. >> reporter: these plants get judged on appearance, odor, whether the stem is sticky or not.
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and this man wrote the law that semi-legalized it here. >> we are creating a vibe, yes, we have an identify, yes we grow things in the city. >> reporter: this is about growing a sense of community. >> d.c. is a diverse and amazing community with lots of entrepreneurs and people who are engaged in their home and their garden. this is a great fair for that. >> reporter: derrick ward, news4. >> to learn more about exactly how d.c.'s pot law works, check out the nbc washington app there. 7:36. still ahead, james blake strong words for the nypd. >> just -- just really infuriating to know that i was in such a vulnerable position and i was taken advantage of by someone that wears the nypd badge and in my opinion tarnishes that badge. >> what blake says should happen to the officer who did this to him, knocked him over. news4 i-team first exposed the problems, army parents stuck in red tape trying to get day
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tennis star james blake hopes the nypd will change their behavior after he was mistakenly tackled by an undercover officer. last week, a plainclothes officer pulled him to the ground and he was thought to be a suspect for credit card fraud. >> it was completely unnecessary, whether i was a criminal or not. whether i was the person they were looking for i don't think the person they were look for deserved to be treated the way i was treated. i think that's the biggest issue. >> that officer had faced two previous excessive force lawsuits. subway has complaints about jared fogle that date back to 2011. an internal investigation revealed subway received one serious complaint, but did nothing. the company says the complaint did not mention criminal or
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sexual behavior. the woman who filed that come plant took her con -- complaint took her concerns to the fbi and secretly recorded conversations with fogle. he pleaded guilty to sex with a minor and child pornography charges last month. he could serve up to 12 years behind bars. 7:40. check this out. something wild happened on the water during all the rain yesterday. more pictures of this waterspout and where it touched down in our area. tom is looking at the ♪
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news4 is committed to raising mental health awareness with our campaign changing minds. and this morning northern virginia bureau reporter david culver will emcee the out of the darkness community walk. that starts at 9:20 at the fairfax shopping center. it aims to end the stigma of mental disorders. the evangelical assembly church is giving help to those who need it the most. the church gave out to free groceries yesterday as part of the convoy of hope. health professionals had free health and dental screenings. they have been helping the community for the last 20 years. well, the time right now is
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7:43. the "today" show is next. >> erica hill and craig melvin join us live from new york. >> good to see you, adam and angie. >> just ahead here on a sunday morning we'll have the latest on the wildfires out west. utter devastation for one northern california town this morning. a new wildfire popped up overnight. a town up in flames in a matter of minutes. it's been burning through the night. our crew has been on the scene the whole time. we'll get you caught up to speed. and james blake speaking out after he was body slammed by an nypd officer. what was he thinking as it happened and what he wants the nypd to do about it. plus, we are taking you inside fashion week here in new york city this week. everything old is new again. we'll introduce you to the hottest young folks there. the fashion illustrators who are offering a new but somewhat old way of looking at the creations. then we'll introduce you to a guy who is pretty gross. others say he's incredible.
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we'll let you decide when the professional regurgitater comes on our air live. we're told that he has a pretty neat treat -- new treat, new trick. a new trick. >> he's verklempt. he's getting excited, he's a little nervous. >> i'm actually very nervous. >> professional regurgitater, isn't that what they call our kids? >> i have an 18-month-old. >> thanks, guys. well, more army parents are getting stuck in red tape trying to use a federal day care program. no is returning their calls and they're getting late payments from the government. big problems were revealed for some local army families. as scott macfarlane an internal review finds the problems are only getting worse. >> reporter: the army fee assistance program is for those parents who can't find day care on the military post. instead, they find private pricier day care in the community and the federal government cuts them a reimbursement check.
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thing is sometimes those checks are months late. the news4 i-team broke this story this summer. we showed several u.s. army moms like carmen dekes were going broke, waiting and waiting for the general services administration building to send her the money she has been promised to pay for the day care. >> we're three months behind and we have to catch up the day care three months and that puts us out a big chunk of money. >> reporter: dekes is one of those who filed formal complaints with the agency saying not only are the checks late but they can't get their phone calls or e-mails returned. the backlog of unreturned calls had reached 11,000. nationwide, auditors warned that there weren't enough staffers to keep up. and the backlog has grown far worse. now 26,000, unreturned requests for help from army families and it found so many unreturned
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calls were piling up the agency deleted 4,000 unreturned voice mails from parents. the audits say it happened but because of an underfunded i.t. and the internal audit said one family reported filing for bankruptcy because of late payments. the gsa said it's making improvements and adding staff to reduce the backlog. and the house oversight commit to see saw our story and ordered the two moms who spoke with the i-team to appear at a hearing at thursday as it investigates this troubled program. scott macfarlane, i-team. >> you can watch the original report into the army day care program and send them a tip at nbcwashington.com/investigations . you have to take a moment. look at your screen. we saw a lot of rain yesterday, but most of you didn't see this.
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thanks to skip yates who sent us this great video of a waterspout. it was out at the marina in cobb county. it knocked over tables and chairs but no wide spread damage. let's go to meteorologist school. is it kind of like a tornado? >> it is. yesterday morning we had a slight -- i said we had a slight risk of an isolated tornado. it'll like a water nado and they suck up water and it slows them down. the peak winds are around 30 or 35 miles an hour. but they can capsize a small boat. we had beneficial rain yesterday. the lawns were grateful, soaking up the rain. we are getting a few more scattered sprinkles across the district. a little bit larger area of those areas, in west virginia. that's part of an upper level
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disturbance that may be drifting right across the region here by later this afternoon. so there's a slight chance of an additional sprinkle. right now the storm team 4 radar showing those right here in central fairfax county and that may move into the district in montgomery county. a few sprinkles here on the county border with prince george's and anne arundel and crofton and bowie. those are quickly dissipating. cooler air is moving in. only near 60. oakland down to a chilly 45 now. reagan national at 64. nearby suburbs are in the low 60s. low to mid 60s around the bay. post your pictures like this gorgeous sunset near front royal. post on facebook as well. share them on instagram. i love to see your photos when
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you're out and about on the weekend. a great morning for a morning run and the triathlon. and the clouds around now will break up and we'll have some sun breaking out, but small chance of a sprinkle this afternoon. winds may pick up too. we can have gusts of wind around 25 or 20 mile per hour out of the north and west as we climb into the low to mid 70s by this afternoon. football at fedex field this afternoon. partly sunny. great weather by late morning for tailgating. in the 60s and 70s. low 70s by kickoff. a slight chance of a sprinkle during the game. temperatures low to mid 70s. so wonderful football weather but then look how cool it will likely get by dawn on monday. coolest temperatures since last may. in the 40s. much of west virginia and
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virginia and much of maryland. upper 50s right around the bay. we start off with a clear sky and bright and sunny. beautiful pattern for several days. warm afternoons, cool mornings. each day into the weekend. another dry pattern setting up. we have only had a couple of inches of rain since the 1st of august. it will be dry all the way into next weekend. the far extended outlook, maybe a chance of sprinkles next sunday. >> overall looking good. thank you, tom. 7:51. here are 4 things to know this morning. the redskins open their season at fedex field and with kirk cousins calling the plays. he'll be the starting quarterback at 1:00 this afternoon. this morning, you'll run into street closures in downtown d.c. the event in d.c. nations triathlon is going on right now. it goes down independent avenue. we're hours away from the start of the adams morgan day
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celebration. there will be more indoor music and art displays this year because the original sponsor cancelled. the festival is from noon to 6:00. floyd mayweather plans to retire now that he's tied best boxing report of all time. he's 49-0. in his career. we are waiting all day for the redskins this afternoon, but the rest of the country is waiting all day for sunday night. >> yeah, we'll look at the big sunday night football football match-up coming up here on nbc. stay with us.
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welcome back. it's 7:55. we have breaking news that we want to tell you about. we're calling u.s. park police to find out more about the serious crash on the g.w. parkway. take a look at your screen. southbound lanes totally shut down between 123 and the key bridge. now, police say that's a crash near spout run. our news partner wtop reporting that the road will be closed for another hour. we'll have another update at 9:00 this morning. well, it's the nfl kickoff weekend, did you hear about that? that means that sunday night football is back on nbc. >> you have a few hours between the time that the redskins game ends and the next game. mark a very ger has more on tonight's anticipation for the big game. ♪ >> reporter: it's a three-peat for carrie underwood.
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her third year singing the sunday night anthem. >> this year i feel more comfortable. i met some of the players before, so we kind of have a little rapport going. >> reporter: cowboys star wide receiver dez bryant is among the recruits for the anthem's music video. >> now that i'm able to be part of something that's super cool something to do with the nfl is special to me. >> reporter: and to his giants counter, odell beckham jr. >> when you see everything you did and everything else did to get to the final production stage it's definitely great to see. >> reporter: what fans see on the field, cowboys and the giants, should be even more compelling. >> got an argument that the two best receivers in football right now, dez bryant and odell beckham will be playing and going head to head. >> beckham scorched the cowboys last season. >> one of the greatest catches i have ever seen in my life. >> reporter: but dallas comes in as a heavy favorite this time around. >> here's the thing we love, you
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think you know but you don't know. >> that keeps the fans waiting all day for sunday night. >> so ready for football. >> yeah. on that note, we want to thank everyone who came out and took advantage of our nbc4 all state shred it event. >> more than 3,000 came out on the community college yesterday. if you can't make it out yesterday, the next shred it event is in december. all right. real quick, (plays throughout) ♪ sometimes, at last doesn't happen at first. ♪ ♪ your dad just kissed my mom. ♪ turning two worlds into one takes love.
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good morning. breaking overnight, massive inferno. a wildfire burning out of control charring 30,000 acres in just 12 hours. our crew in this northern california town as it is destroyed before their lives. >> reporter: it's going up in flames. >> residents racing to safety but the worse may still be to come. we are live. on the record, james blake speaking out about the violent take down by an under cover officer. >> it was completely unnecessary whether i was a criminal or not. >> what he wants the nypd to do about the officer who body

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